Do you want to give single life the send-off it deserves, before you enter into the confines of matrimony? Your stag-do is an event that you will remember for the rest of your life, and you only get to do it once – in theory. If you’ve decided to forgo letting your best man plan it, probably because you’re all too aware of his evil intentions, then this guide is for you. Here are the essential tips for planning an amazing stag-do.
1. Go abroad
This particularly applies if you’re English. You spend most of the year in the rain. Go! Just remember to come back to actually get married. There are lots of holiday spots popular with stag parties that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Booking last minute online is a great way to save money.
2. Consider everyone’s budget
Although going abroad is the ideal option, you will have to consider everyone’s budgets. If one of your best mates can’t afford it, then it probably isn’t worth it. You can have a great time in Britain at a reasonable price. Try heading to Cornwall in the summer, or for a city break in London.
3. Don’t have it right before you wedding.
Have you seen The Hangover? This film is a warning to men everywhere not to have their stag party close to the wedding. It’s unlikely that anyone will marry a stripper, but you will feel terrible on the big day if you only just got home. If you want the event to run smoothly and not annoy your bride, give yourself at least a week in between.
4. Plan an activity
When you think of stag dos you think of alcohol, but there is a limit to how much drinking you can do before it gets boring. An activity is a great way to have some all-male-bonding time as well as a motivator not to drink too much the night before. Adventure Britain offers some great ideas.
5. Think carefully about who you want to invite
Deciding who to invite can be a minefield of awkwardness. Your stag do is the one part of the wedding that you get to control entirely. On the day itself, you will probably have to invite people you’d rather not spend time with to comply with social niceties. Keep the stag small and only invite the people who will make it great.
6. Don’t feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to
Planning the stag-do yourself, does give you a lot of control, but you will probably come under some pressure to ‘let loose’. Be it strippers or getting horrendously drunk, if you don’t want to do it – be firm. After all, you‘re about to walk down the aisle and you don’t want to have annoyed the person at the end of it.
7. Don’t drink too much on the last night
Travelling home with a raging hangover will not be fun and isn’t what you want the final memories to consist off. Stick within your limits and you will have a much better weekend.
These tips are the smart way to plan an amazing stag party. With a little forward planning and not too much alcohol, you can have a weekend to remember with your closest friends. The perfect way to say goodbye to single life and start a new chapter.
Bio: Elise Leveque is a bride-to-be who writes part-time for Perfect Party.